The movie "Date Night," with Tina Fey and Steve Carell is doing well at the box office. Though they routinely have a Saturday night "date night," it's mundane and predictable and does nothing to improve their marriage. One night they do take it seriously. They dress up, he takes her to a fancy place. Being the movies, this is where the adventure starts - a stolen reservation leads to a case of mistaken identity that sends them running for their lives. Of course all ends well and their marriage is rekindled.
As RVers do you ever have a date night? Do you make a night (or day) special? You could go out to a fancy restaurant - if you even have clothes for that anymore - but you could get creative with much less money. It doesn't even have to be at night or put you in danger! Here are some ideas:
- Cook a special dish. Light candles and have special place mats, tablecloth, or cloth napkins to dress it up. If you don't get dressed up, at least put on your nicer casual clothes.
- Have a movie night- at a theater or in your RV. Some theaters have discount matinees so you could go during the day.
- If you are near a town or city, take a walk in a park or people watch. Make up stories about the people who pass by. See who can be most outrageous!
- Go out for ice creme.
- Take turns telling each other what you appreciate about each other. Either alternate saying one thing for 5 minutes or one looks at the other and talks for 3 minutes, then reverse roles. Use a timer.
- On a nice night, sit out and look at the stars, holding hands.
- Attend a program or lecture you both enjoy. If you are at a national park there may be an evening program. Bulletin boards at supermarkets or libraries may have flyers of local events.
- Visit a special attraction in the area. Come back and look at your photos or talk about it together with a glass of wine or other refreshment.
You probably can come up with even more creative and fun ways to have some special time that renews your relationship - even if you do live in a couple of hundred square feet in an RV. In fact, what might renew your relationship would be to have a day apart! That way you'd come back eager to see each other and share.
If you have other things you've tried, please share! Jaimie Hall Bruzenak